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Slam's Garden Resort
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
Certificate of Excellence
Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“It was Good.”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed at Slam's because it is near DiveLink. The rooms are clean and spacious(with balcony)-where we had our gears hanged to dry. Stayed at the 2nd floor (only 2 floors). We had free breakfast and it was average. They had only 4 guests, my partner and I and 2 koreans. So they attended to our needs, specially when we ordered dinner one time. The downside of this resort is that when you're not a diver and wants to enjoy the waters of Malapascua, the beach where you can actually swim is a bit far. you cannot swim in front of the resort because of the boat traffic there. AC could be improved. On our stay there was construction beside the resort and loud music was being played in the afternoon. For those who enjoyed the early morning dive with the thresher sharks @ 430am and 2 more dives in the late morning and wants to relax after, you'll be a bit annoyed by this.Food was pricier than from the nearby eatery. The staff are friendly and accommodating . Overall we had an average stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Puerto Galera, Philippines
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Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Nice and comfy expensive but worth every dime! Food is great, staff is shy but accommodating, some of them needs to be reiterated regarding customer service. A little improvement will make this resort worth staying.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I stayed with a dive buddy at Slam's from 30JULY to 5AUG. He was a repeat customer. I got a basic aircon room for about $60 a night. They have fan rooms for half as much. I only really needed the AC a couple of times due to it being the rainy season. Owners Leizel and Antonio were at the hotel the entire time despite living in Europe about half the time (France, I think). Ara, Melanie and the rest of the frontline staff were warm and cordial at all times. The food was good. One night, owner Antonio invited all the guests to his birthday dinner party! The place was fully booked so it was quite a party. One girl was new and struggled processing our credit card payments, but we got it worked out. Leizel was very good in coordinating our private pump boat to and from Maya .Overall, SLAM'S is a good value with good solid service. It is not affiliated with a dive shop or right on the beach. The beach is a short walk of 50-100m. I recommend this resort for the average diver who does not want to rough it nor break the bank.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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manila, philippines
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17 reviews
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had stayed here for 3d2n in Slam's garden resort for reasons (one of the cheapest price on rooms,transfers, and a very accommodating on queries). To elaborate, queries are being answered on a daily basis by their GM Ms Liezl Blanco. Nice place, well maintained resort and clean daily towels added to the factor. The cons of the resort is that they are far from the beach (against other resorts) but only for about 10meters. They also don't have much of amenities/facilities (rooms, couple of swings and the garden itself). As Malapascua is famous for diving, they don't have any dive shops which In turn, i highly recommend 'fun & sun' being headed by Simon (owner) and Micky (very accomodating).

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Slams has a great garden and open area in the middle of the hotel buildings, giving you a nice relaxed feeling when you walk in. The little outdoor bar and seating pagodas add to the vibe.

The room itself was quite large with two double beds in the room and basics like a little fridge to keep drinks in, and air con and hot water. The bathroom shower was very good and overall the room was pretty decent. Everything clean and neat, with basic furnishings. We did have to ask for blankets, as they only provided sheets for bed covers, but that wasn't a problem.

The balcony overlooks the garden and has nice chairs to relax and sit. The overall vibe was very mellow.

Location wise it isn't on the beach front, which is fine, and is only about 3 minutes around the corner from the start of the main beach. The plus side is that it was much quieter at night for sleeping.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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29 reviews
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Slam's garden and the verdict is:

Rooms: rooms are like simple but clean. The are not "resort-style" but they do and are quite big. We were a bit cheap and did not choose aircon which also resulted in only having cold water in the shower. Since it was warm it didn't matter that much, but it is a nice feature to have.

Restaurant: we ate there once and were not really satisfied. You get much better food elsewhere.

Atmosphere: they try to make the place nice, but when we were there, no guests were hanging out in the garden/hotel area, which was a bit sad. The result was we went to the other restaurants or hotels to have a drink or eat some food. Good thing is that it is quiet there. The hotel is not by the beach. The "popular" beach is about 5 min away, but if you need to go to e.g. Exotic Divers it is 15 min walk. There is a less populated beach 150m away.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2012

It was my first time in Malapascua- and I was very glad to have stayed in Slams! The rooms and toilets were cleaned everyday and they changed the sheets and towels while we were out diving (magic haha). The people who worked there were very accommodating and friendly to me and my friends. Its located right beside the dive shop, Dive link -where I would set up my gear, so that was big plus as well.

The resort could definitely improve on their food though. All in all I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Slam's Garden Resort
Address: Malapascua Island Barangay Logon | 6013 Daan Bantayan Cebu, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Malapascua Island
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Hotel Class:3 star — Slam's Garden Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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